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New York Mets Designate Former UNC Star Matt Harvey for Assignment

05 May, 2018, 01:52 | Author: Carla Brady

He will now go through the waivers process, and if he should clear, it would give the Mets the choice to either trade or, more likely, release Harvey.

Though he served as the face of the New York Mets franchise just a few years ago, the Matt Harvey era has ended in New York.

He was the seventh overall draft pick in 2010, became an All-Star in 2013 and was the NL Comeback Player of the Year in 2015.

He started the All-Star Game at Citi Field that July and was 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA when he tore an elbow ligament during a game against Detroit on August 24. But he slumped to a 4-10 record with a 4.86 ERA the following year and had season-ending surgery on July 18, 2016, to correct thoracic outlet syndrome. The Mets then sent Harvey to the bullpen, a move he was openly frustrated by.

"Usually I get upset if a report is unexpected", Alderson said this week. "This was a long time coming. So I mean this is something we've tried to address, we've struggled with, we've wrestled with over two managerial regimes".

Despite Harvey's reputation as a partyer, Alderson said he would miss Harvey. Matt is an appealing, likeable and vulnerable individual.

Here are Harvey's final numbers in a Mets uniform: 34-37, 3.66 ERA, 109 games (104 starts), 612 strikeouts in 639.1 innings pitched. The Mets hoped his fastball might tick upward in more limited exposure in the bullpen, but that never happened.

He has an 0-2 record this season with an ERA of 7.00 in eight games (four starts). Hopefully, we'll see Harvey back in the big leagues at some point.

"It's tough for both of us".

"We feel like we failed Matt Harvey", Callaway said, referring to himself and pitching coach Dave Eiland. NorthJersey.com ranked the potential landing spots for Harvey, noting that the Angels, Orioles, and Pirates are all in need of pitching help.

Off the field, Harvey has been partying it up.

"We feel Matt is a starter that needs to work on four pitches, " Boras said. Thoracic outlet syndrome is hard, as location of pitches and feel to pitch is the issue.

"Very pleased he is healthy and with more than needed Major League Baseball (velocity)", Boras wrote.

"We have a lot of clay to work with to build the starter sculpture", Boras said.



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